Tokyo Olympics live updates: Team GB one-two in pool, Osaka exits and more!
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:21:55 GMT
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Womenas taekwondo: I canat imagine how she must be feeling but I still canat get over that last-second Bianca Walkden semi-final defeat. She needs to regroup and get her head back in the game for her bronze-medal match at 1pm. Good luck to her.

Womenas K1 canoeing: Australiaas Jess Fox has won just about all there is to win in the slalom. She has claimed 10 world titles during her career, plus 13 junior/youth/U23 world championship titles. But she has never won Olympic gold.

In London Fox - the daughter of two Olympians - won silver. In Rio it was bronze. This afternoon, in Tokyo, it was to be bronze again. The third-placing today in the K1 category will be devastating for the 27-year-old. Having qualified fastest for the semi-finals, and then fastest for the finals, she was the paddler to beat. But - impeded by time penalties - beaten she was, by Ricarda Funk. Gold in the K1 will have to wait until Paris.

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Home Office failing Windrush generation again, spending watchdog finds
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:30:27 GMT
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Despite apromise to learn lessonsa, Priti Patelas department set up process that is too complex for victims, with inadequate capacity

The Windrush generation is being failed by the Home Office aall over againa because of fundamental problems in the compensation scheme for UK citizens misclassified as illegal immigrants, parliamentas spending watchdog has concluded.

Despite a apromise to learn lessonsa, Priti Patelas department has set up a process that is too complex and difficult for victims to engage with, and with inadequate capacity since it was launched two years ago, the public accounts committee said in a report published on Tuesday.

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Guilty verdict in first Hong Kong trial held under national security law
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:29:08 GMT
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Tong Ying-kit case seen as a departure from Hong Kongas common law traditions, with accused denied bail and a jury trial

The first person charged and tried under Hong Kongas national security law has been found guilty of terrorism and inciting secession by a panel of three judges.

The landmark case before Hong Kongas high court came more than a year after the law a imposed by Beijing with the blessing of the cityas leadership a was implemented, despite global condemnation of its content.

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Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:41:29 GMT
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  • Billionaire lost out to Elon Muskas SpaceX in lunar bid
  • Contract is to build craft to take astronauts to the moon

Fresh off his trip to space, Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2bn in Nasa costs if the US space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon.

Nasa in April awarded SpaceX, owned by rival billionaire Elon Musk, a $2.9bn contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024, rejecting bids from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. Blue Origin had partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper in the bid.

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Democrats call for possible action against NSO over Pegasus revelations
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:55:18 GMT
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Four Democrats in Congress tell Biden administration that such firms ashould be sanctioned, and if necessary, shut downa

Democratic lawmakers in Washington have called on the Biden administration to consider placing NSO Group on an export blacklist and said recent revelations of misuse reinforced their conviction that the ahacking-for-hire industry must be brought under controla.

The statement by four members of Congress followed reports by the Pegasus project, a collaboration of 17 media organisations including the Guardian, which investigated NSO, the Israeli company that sells its powerful surveillance software to government clients around the world.

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Tunisiaas president imposes month-long curfew and bans gatherings
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:54:03 GMT
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Kais Saied tightens his hold on power with tough new restrictions after dismissing prime minister

Tunisian president Kais Saied has announced a month-long curfew as he appeared to tighten his grip on power in the north African country one day after he dismissed the prime minister.

Tunisians will wake on Tuesday to draconian restrictions including a nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am, and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public places.

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Britainas Tom Dean and Duncan Scott take Olympic gold and silver in menas 200m free
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:14:35 GMT
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  • Dean wins Britainas second swimming gold of Tokyo 2020
  • First British Olympic one-two in the pool since 1908

Six months ago Tom Dean wasnat sure whether he would even make it to these Olympics. Covid has affected every athleteas preparations for the Games, but it hit Deanas more than most. He caught it once, last September, then again in the new year, which he thinks made him the first British Olympian to have it twice. The second time was the worst, too, he was ill for 10 days, then stuck indoors in isolation, and was unable to train for the best part of a month after that. Altogether it cost him seven weeks of winter training. In those moments alone, languishing in his flat, Tokyo seemed a lot further than a 12-hour-flight away.

Related: aBrutal but effectivea: lottery funding secures 100 golds for Team GB

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Naomi Osaka stunned as face of Tokyo Games knocked out of Olympic tennis
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:20:30 GMT
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  • Japanese beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Marketa Vondrousova
  • World No 2 was highest ranked player left in womenas draw

Naomi Osaka will not win an Olympic medal on home soil in Japan after she was upset in the third round of the Tokyo Games by MarkA(c)ta VondrouA!ovA! of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.

Osaka, who opened her home Games by lighting the Olympic flame, was the highest ranked player left in the draw and the clear tournament favourite after top seed Ashleigh Bartyas early loss. She has won the last two hard court grand slams, the US Open and the Australian Open, and she has established a clear measure of dominance on the surface.

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Bermuda becomes smallest country to win gold as Flora Duffy claims triathlon
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:19:18 GMT
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  • Britainas Taylor-Brown takes silver after puncture
  • aI think the whole of Bermuda is going crazy,a says Duffy

The most glorious of rainbows formed over Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo early on Tuesday morning, as the worldas greatest triathletes swam, pedalled and puffed their way around the Odaiba Marine Park. And, at the end of it, Bermuda discovered its first pot of Olympic gold.

It came in the form of 33-year-old Flora Duffy, whose stunning victory meant that the tiny Atlantic island - whose population of 62,278 is even smaller than Bognor Regis - became smallest country ever to win Olympic gold at the Summer Games.

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USA v Australia: Tokyo Olympic Games womenas football a live!
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:22:02 GMT
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20 mins Well well well. Fowler has been in good areas and looking strong on the ball. The teenager, making her Olympic debut, flashes a header that came oh so close to an opener.

17 mins Thereas another nice set piece from Catley and thereas an Aussie head to it but the US are away on another counter-attack. This may be where the world No 1s get some joy. They are letting Australia keep possession a about two-thirds at the moment a and picking their moments. Kerr stops the ball for Simon but itas soon back with the US defence, who are passing it around at the back before making their move. The Matildas are on the counter now as Kerr chases Dunn into the box appeals unsuccessfully for a penalty.

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Mike Tyson moment: Moroccan boxer tries to bite opponentas ear at Olympics
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:19:59 GMT
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  • Youness Baalla incident recalls infamous Tyson-Holyfield fight
  • aCamon man, this is the Olympicsa says opponent David Nyika

New Zealand boxer David Nyika did not face much trouble on his way to a 5-0 victory against Youness Baalla in his Olympics heavyweight debut on Tuesday a other than having to contend with an attempted bite from his Moroccan opponent.

Nyika, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, had won the first two rounds with ease and constantly troubled Baalla with his pinpoint jabs during the contest at the Kokugikan Arena a considered the spiritual home of Japanas sumo wrestling.

Related: Tokyo Olympics live updates: Team GB one-two in pool as Australia and US win more gold, Osaka exits and more!

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Alaskan gold: Lydia Jacoby topples King for Olympic 100m breaststroke title
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:50:18 GMT
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  • 17-year-old Jacoby, shocks compatriot and favourite Lilly King
  • Murphy earns bronze in 100m back behind Rylov, Kolesnikov

Alaskaas first Olympic swimmer is also its first Olympic champion.

If the hints had been there, given Lydia Jacobyas blossoming reputation and strong performances in the US trials and Olympic heats, few saw this coming. Judging from her gasp when she looked up at the giant video screen and realised she had won the 100m breaststroke in Tokyo, the teenager was pretty surprised as well.

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aWeare so proud of hera: Afghanistanas gutsy female cyclists ready to cheer on Ali Zada
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:30:24 GMT
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Watching an Afghan refugee in the Olympics is a source of inspiration to many women in a country where riding a bike is seen as a political statement and the Taliban are gaining ground

When Masomah Ali Zada makes her Olympic debut at the womenas cycling time trial this week, speeding her way around the 22km route with Mount Fuji in the background, it wonat just be her teammates in Japan cheering her on. In Kabul, where the 25-year-old joined the national squad as a teenager, a small but gutsy group of female cyclists will be glued to the television, willing her to do the best she can.

aIam really, really proud of her and so are all of the team members, and we are really looking forward to watching her race and seeing her do great,a says Zahla Sarmat, assistant development director of the Afghan cycling federationas womenas division. For her and her fellow riders, Ali Zada is a source of huge inspiration, even if her sporting success eventually led her to leave Afghanistan and claim asylum in France. She is competing in Tokyo as part of the Refugee Olympic Team.

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Coronavirus live news: Englandas NHS aunder similar pressure to Januarya; US maintaining travel restrictions
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:22:37 GMT
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NHS Providers writes to Boris Johnson calling on government to make aright decisionsa; US wonat lift travel restrictions due to Delta variant fears

The Philippines recorded 7,186 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day increase in more than six weeks, and another 72 deaths, the countryas health ministry reported.

The president Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday of stricter virus curbs if the current outbreak worsens. According to one research group, daily cases could hit 8-10,000 infections a day without stronger countermeasures to contain the more contagious Delta variant.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European commission, has announced that the EU has met the target of administering a Covid jab to 70% of adults by July, making good on the promise to acatch upa after a rocky start to the blocas vaccination roll out.

The EUas executive branch had been heavily criticised at the start of the year after promised vaccine doses failed to materialise and national health systems failed to swiftly distribute those that did.

The EU has kept its word and delivered. Our target was to protect 70% of adults in the European Union with at least one vaccination in July. Today we have achieved this target. And 57% of adults already have the full protection of double vaccination.

These figures put Europe among the world leaders. The catch-up process has been very successful - but we need to keep up the effort.

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Sydney covid lockdown could last months as daily cases reach record high
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:14:32 GMT
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More than 170 daily cases reported, with block of flats sealed off by police, outbreaks affecting two hospitals and further delays to Novavax vaccine

New South Wales reported a record high number of covid cases on Tuesday despite more than four weeks of lockdown for the Sydney region, with signs tough measures could extend until September.

aVaccination is the key to our freedom. Getting jabs in arms is a key part of our strategy,a said state premier Gladys Berejiklian. aI want August to be the month where everyone comes forward to get the jab. That is key to us being able to see what September looks like. I donat think anyone can deny that the vaccination rate is absolutely key to how we live life in NSW.a

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Peruas new president to take charge of divided country ravaged by Covid
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:25 GMT
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Pedro Castillo saw off an ugly, Trump-style revolt against his victory and must now try to unite the country

After nearly two months of waiting, amid baseless claims of fraud and even rumblings of a military coup, Pedro Castillo will on Wednesday become Peruas president. The son of illiterate peasant farmers, Castilloas rise to the top on Peruas 200th anniversary of independence is hugely symbolic, but he will face huge challenges to unite the country.

Castilloas razor-thin win has split the country between those who back his pledge to overhaul politics and the economic system to tackle poverty and inequality, and others who fear his presidency will upturn Peruas market-friendly economy and even threaten its democracy.

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Savour the flavour! Chefs on 20 terrific ways to tickle tired tastebuds
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:25 GMT
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Lost your culinary spark after months of lockdown? From carrot-mel to celeriac sorbet, here are simple, surprising secrets to transform your home cooking

Some of us have thrived in the kitchen in the past 18 months, finding it a creative sanctuary. For others, trapped indoors, life on hold, busier than ever but with more meals to cook, it has been easier to fall into a repetitive routine of reliable dishes that, by now, are deeply boring.

The answer to this malaise? Fresh thinking from some of Britainas best chefs. We asked for their most arresting ideas: revelatory hacks, unexpected flavour combos and daring dishes that will stir the curiosity of even the most jaded home cook.

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Laura Nyro: the phenomenal singersa singer the 60s overlooked
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:24 GMT
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Elton John idolised her and she wrote hits for the likes of Barbra Streisand, but her musical ambitions were out of sync with the times. Now a new collection reveals her intense originality in full

Whatever role Laura Nyro chose to play a earth mother, soul sister, angel of the Bronx subways a she committed to it. With a soaring, open-hearted voice and ingeniously crafted compositions, Nyro transformed a range of influences into her own kind of art song. She made vertiginous shifts from hushed reveries to ecstatic gospel-driven shout-ups with an intensity and a courage that, as Elton John would point out, left its mark on many contemporaries who achieved greater commercial success.

As the music of the 1960s reached a climax, no one else merged the new songwriting freedoms pioneered by Bob Dylan with the pop sensibility of the Brill Building tunesmiths to such intriguing effect. As a teenager, she wrote And When I Die and Stoney End, songs that became hits for other artists. Her own enigmatically titled albums a Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat a showed a precociously sophisticated sensibility.

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aI had to educate myself on gaslightinga: meet the cast of dark teen drama Cruel Summer
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:28 GMT
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A high-schooler is abducted in a series that is as provocative as it is soapy. Could this be the next Euphoria?

aSometimes I would be like: where are we? Whatas happening? Whatas going on? Iam confused. Someone talk to me!a Chiara Aurelia is describing her first major TV role. If it sounds stressful, thatas probably because it was: in Amazonas new psychological thriller Cruel Summer, the 18-year-old newcomer navigates life a first as a chronically awkward teenager, then as the latest addition to the apopular seta a before being dubbed athe most hated girl in America.a

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aA lesson in loss, humility and absurditya: how rhythmic gymnastics took over my childhood
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:24 GMT
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When I was six, a chance encounter with rhythmic gymnastics a all ribbons, sequins and smiles a opened up a sublime, sometimes cruel new world. By 12, I had quit. What had it all meant?

Every four years, the same argument plays out. The Olympics reminds the public of the existence of rhythmic gymnastics and the public scoffs at this ridiculous spectacle, with its aribbon dancinga, its sequins, its extravagant bending and pirouetting. Where artistic gymnastics a the one with the beam and the bars, the one with triple backflips and the constant risk of broken bones a is dignified and athletic, rhythmic gymnastics is frilly and absurd. How is this even a sport? Why is it part of the Olympics? These are the usual criticisms. In return, embattled admirers will point out that rhythmic gymnastics is extremely difficult, actually. There is immense skill involved in those backbends and leaps; besides, have you tried throwing and catching a ball while holding your foot above your head?

When I first caught sight of rhythmic gymnastics, I knew nothing of this. The reasons the sport is mocked a the sequins, the balletic dancing, the kilowatt-bright, beauty-pageant smiles of the gymnasts a were the reasons I found it delightful. I was six, sitting in my kitchen in Auckland, staring at the television. On screen, a gymnast at the 2000 Sydney Olympics tossed a bright red ribbon high into the air before catching it with astonishing ease. She was, to me, the height of womanly sophistication: beautiful, graceful, and covered in glitter. I dragged my mother into the room, pointed to the television and announced that this was the sort of lady I would like to become.

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aItas just vitala: Edinburgh activists rally to protect Astley Ainslieas green space
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:25 GMT
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The grounds of the cityas 100-year-old convalescent hospital, under threat from development, are home to thousands of trees, some endangered

Fiona Brownlee and her grandchildren were among the first to sign up to help protect the rare and endangered trees that populate the grounds of Astley Ainslie, a century-old convalescence hospital in south Edinburgh being eyed up by housing developers.

Harry Brownlee, four, befriended a Lawson cypress; Carys, seven, a Holm oak; Ella, five, a white willow and Ava Strachan, eight, a horse chestnut. Fiona, a retired paediatric occupational therapist who started her training at Astley Ainslie in 1966, grabbed a Spanish chestnut. Her grandchildren, who live locally, play in the landscaped grounds of the hospital.

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Seabirds, lobsters and rock: a car-free trip to Bridlington, east Yorkshire
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:30:25 GMT
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Seaside pleasures and foodie delights are on offer at this traditional resort a and there are superb gardens and wildlife to discover, too

The cliffs are alive with seabirds. Every rocky ledge is lined with gulls and guillemots. The air smells of fish and guano and is busy with flying birds, including huge gannets with nicotine-yellow heads and two-metre wingspans.

Among an unearthly cacophony of cries, like the soundtrack from a nature documentary, I can identify only kittiwakes a named for their distinctive call. The crumbling coast north of Bridlington, sea-carved into huge spires and caves, is home to half a million birds between March and October.

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aAn eye mask transformed my life!a: 10 readers on how to get a perfect nightas sleep
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:25 GMT
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From weighted blankets to white noise, here are the strategies that can take you from wide awake to well rested

I stop drinking caffeine at 2pm every day. If I feel work is worrying me I do some deep breathing and I pray. I rub lavender oil on my wrists and temples before I go to bed, and I use a sunrise alarm clock to help me get up at the same time each day. This has helped me immensely, as I have a more gentle wake-up that means I am not tempted to hit snooze. I also keep a puzzle book by my bed so that if I canat sleep I donat toss and turn, I get up and puzzle until I feel drowsy before getting back into bed. Beth Lunn, fundraiser, Port Glasgow

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S1 E7: Lawrence Chaney, Ru Paulas Drag Race winner
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:00:23 GMT
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Graceas guest on Comfort Eating this week is drag superstar Lawrence Chaney. He joins Grace over video and presents her with her favourite snack of the series so far. They bond over a mutual love of Joan Collins, the fun and fast food late-night Glasgow has to offer, and discuss what winning a show like Drag Race means to someone whoas experienced bullying all their life

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Help! Itas been so long since Iave been away that Iave forgotten how to pack a suitcase | Zoe Williams
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:24 GMT
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Did I always wear the same trousers for four days in a row? Do our clothes have to match? And what are the chances our holiday will happen?

Iave lost a number of skills recently through under use. Turns out I can no longer read a map, due to prolonged not-going-anywhere, and nor can I make new friends, owing to systemic not-meeting-anyone. But the skill I miss most is packing. I canat even remember where to start.

Try to imagine a whole week, not in your own house; there are so many imponderables. What will the weather be like on a given Wednesday, if two Sundays before, it was a monsoon and the Friday before that, you were Googling awet bulb temperaturea? Did I always wear the same trousers four days in a row, or is that a pandemic thing? Is the whole family supposed to match? If only half of you own a cagoule, is it better to not pack any than to create a dryness inequality situation? How many books should you pack, and is there a moral imperative to take one that is difficult? Does everyone seriously need their own toothbrush? (Actually, I do know the answer to this: emphatically yes.) What proportion of your clothes should be not-elasticated? Is it normal to change in the evening, just to underline how extremely special it is, to be not-at-home? Or was that last normal in the 1930s?

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England is sleepwalking towards a two-tier health system | Richard Vize
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:00:26 GMT
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NHS waiting lists are at an all-time high, prompting increasing numbers of wealthy patients going private to jump the queue

The pandemic has driven both the NHS and a growing number of its patients towards private healthcare. Heightened awareness of the health serviceas frailties, fuelled by repeated warnings that it could be overwhelmed, has prompted a surge in private medical insurance. As the UK drifts into a possible future of two-tier healthcare, with the wealthy given more chances to skip the queue, we need to ask whether the founding principle of the UKas health service a free at the point of need a is being eroded in front of our eyes.

There are about 90 private healthcare providers in the UK, such as HCA, Circle, Ramsay, Bupa, Spire and Nuffield Health. The industry is worth about APS9bn a year, compared with APS177bn of government healthcare spending across the UK in 2019. It includes hospitals, clinics, diagnostics and imaging and urgent care; typical work is general surgery, oncology, obstetrics, trauma and orthopaedics.

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Australia wrap up series with thumping win in final ODI against West Indies
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:47:03 GMT
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  • West Indies 152; 153-4 (with 19.3 overs left)
  • Australia win match by six wickets and series 2-1

Australia clinched a 2-1 one-day international series victory over the West indies with a thumping six-wicket win in the final match in Barbados, with a strong collective bowling effort setting up the result.

The hosts were dismissed for 152 off 45.1 overs after captain Kieron Pollard won the toss. Matthew Wade (51 off 52 balls) and Ashton Agar (19 off 33) combined for an unbroken fifth wicket stand of 54 to secure the game three win with 19.3 overs left.

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Moonpig profits double as Covid pushes spending online
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:38:22 GMT
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Online greetings card and gift retailer reports strong sales in first results since listing on the stock market

Moonpig has reported that its annual sales and profits have doubled in its first results since listing on the stock market, after it benefited from lockdown spending during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The online greetings card and gift retaileras revenue rose by 113% to APS368m in the year to 30 April, compared with a year earlier, which it said was a result of people shopping more often, as well as new customers making purchases.

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The pandemic enters a new phase
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:00:20 GMT
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Freedom day, vaccine passports, a row over the apingdemica, and then a welcome drop in cases: itas been a rollercoaster week in the coronavirus crisis. Science editor Ian Sample speaks to new Today in Focus host Nosheen Iqbal about whether have we turned a corner

A week after afreedom daya, a new pattern has given the UK good news on the coronavirus crisis: new cases fell for six consecutive days, the first time thatas happened without a lockdown in place. But at the same time, hospitalisations and deaths a the result of a previous increase in cases a were still up week on week. And the apingdemica, in which 600,000 people were asked by the NHS Covid-19 app to self-isolate in a week, has caused consternation in businesses and hasty exemptions for key workers in an attempt to keep crucial industries afloat.

The Guardianas science editor, Ian Sample, tells new host Nosheen Iqbal what the trend in case numbers could mean. And he looks at a series of questions raised in this new phase of the pandemic, from the likelihood of hospitalisation among people who have had two vaccinations to the prospect of new variants and the risk of long Covid, asking whether the evidence is yet in place to suggest we have turned a corner.

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House begins Capitol attack inquiry as Republicans set to boycott proceedings
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:00:26 GMT
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Committee established by Pelosi features two Republicans, Cheney and Kinzinger, after McCarthy withdrew his nominees

The much-anticipated House investigation into the January attack on the US Capitol begins on Tuesday, with Republicans set to boycott proceedings in an attempt to undermine any findings.

A special committee established by the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, will convene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deadly insurrection in Washington DC, when hundreds of Donald Trumpas supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to interrupt the certification of Joe Biden as president.

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Lawyer Steven Donziger found guilty of withholding evidence in Chevron case
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:55:35 GMT
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Lawyer now faces six months in jail following a decades-long battle against the oil company

Steven Donziger, the lawyer who has spearheaded a lengthy fight against Chevron over pollution in the Amazon rainforest, has been found guilty of criminal contempt by a US federal judge in the latest twist in his decades-long legal battle with the oil company.

On Monday, US district judge Loretta Preska ruled that Donziger was guilty of six contempt charges brought against him for refusing to hand over evidence in a complex legal wrangle that has pitted the lawyer directly against Chevron.

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South and North Korea restore hotline after a year on hold
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:56:37 GMT
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Communication channels have been restored after being severed when cross-border ties soured and Trump summits failed

South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotlines as part of efforts by the two countriesa leaders to rebuild strained ties, Seoulas presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have exchanged multiple letters since April and agreed to reconnect the hotlines, said Moonas press secretary, Park Soo-hyun.

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Thailandas hospitals under pressure as Covid crisis deepens
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:00:18 GMT
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Doctors forced to treat patients in car parks while others turned away as no beds available

Thailandas worsening Covid outbreak is placing intense pressure on hospitals, forcing doctors to treat patients in parking lots and turn away people who are severely ill.

The country was widely praised for its Covid response last year, when it maintained one of the lowest caseloads in the world. However, there is growing public anger over the governmentas recent handling of the pandemic, including its slow and chaotic vaccination campaign.

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Sandstorm swallows western Chinese city in dramatic footage a video
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:09:02 GMT
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A sandstorm has swept across Dunhuang City in China's Gansu Province, reducing visibility to just five metres, according to the regional meteorological department. Videos show the wall-like sandstorm covering urban areas and highways. It is believed to have reached over one hundred meters high. 

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Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini review a a bumpy literary road trip
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:26 GMT
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Parinias anovelised memoira draws on memories of a real-life meeting with Jorge Luis Borges, but canat quite live up to the inspiration of the Argentine titan

aThat all those who knew him should write about him,a Borges wrote of the protagonist Ireneo Funes in his story Funes the Memorious, aseems to me a felicitous idea.a Certainly those who knew Borges, even in passing, thought it was a felicitous idea to write about him. Fifty years ago, it seemed that a trip to Buenos Aires wasnat complete without a stopover at his sixth-floor Calle MaipAo apartment, which he shared with his mother. Both Alberto Manguel and Paul Theroux have written about reading to the blind genius in his living room. VS Naipaul, in The Return of Eva Peron, found Borges to be acuriously coloniala, insulated from the violence and disorder in his country. When Mario Vargas Llosa visited in 1981, he noticed that Borges had kept his motheras bedroom intact, with a lilac dress ready on the bed, even though she had died six years before.

Jay Parinias aencountera happened far from Argentina. He claims to have met Borges in Scotland, while doing his PhD at St Andrews. Parini was close to the poet Alastair Reid, who lived nearby and wrote regularly for the New Yorker: Reid was also one of Borgesas English translators. During Borgesas visit in 1970, Reid was called away for a few days to London. Parini was asked to look after the guest, and the two of them apparently set out on an impromptu journey across the Highlands. Borges offered to bear all costs, while Parini was tasked with both driving and describing aloud everything he saw en route. aDescription is revelation,a Borges told him.

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aIt was just such a mazea: the twisty story behind Enemies of the State
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:47:26 GMT
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In an Errol Morris-produced documentary, the strange story of a ahacktivista whose life gets turned upside down is brought to life with more questions than answers remaining

aThe truth is rarely pure and never simple.a Oscar Wildeas arch observation raises the curtain on Sonia Kennebeckas new documentary film Enemies of the State, exec-produced by Errol Morris. Winston Churchillas summary of Russia a aa riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigmaa a would be no less apt.

Viewers are invited to join Kennebeckas investigation into the bizarre case of Matt DeHart, a former member of the US air national guard who worked on the drone programme. He played online games, joined the ahactivista group Anonymous and was an alleged courier for the whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

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Rachel Cuskas singular novel stands out on wide-ranging Booker longlist
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:01:25 GMT
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Second Place is both timeless and up-to-the minute, with big names Richard Powers and Kazuo Ishiguro among strong international finalists

News: Booker reveals globe-spanning longlist

This is a longlist light on debuts and surprises, heavy on historical fiction, with an impressive geographical reach and an interest in the weight of the past. The biggest names look to the future, however: Kazuo Ishiguroas Klara and the Sun shows us, through its narratoras artificial eyes, a tired, fragile world in which inequality is ever-deepening and humans are at risk of becoming defunct. As ever, the Nobel laureate is exploring the messy mysteries of emotion, memory and what it is to be human: the book makes a fascinating companion piece to his 2005 novel Never Let Me Go. And itas no surprise to see Richard Powers here, previously shortlisted for The Overstory; itas not out until September, but Bewilderment, an investigation of climate grief and the prospect of life on other planets, told through the story of a father and his troubled son, will be a strong contender.

Elsewhere, recent political history and national trauma come to the fore. This is the third Booker listing for Damon Galgut; The Promise follows a white South African family in the decades before and after the end of apartheid, weighing broken promises on a national and individual level. Anuk Arudpragasam is a hugely promising young Sri Lankan author: in his second novel, A Passage North, a young man reflects on the horrors of the civil war. Thereas a more fable-like treatment of political violence in one of the surprise inclusions, An Island; South African Karen Jenningsas small-press parable centres on an isolated lighthouse keeper who has suffered under colonialism and dictatorship in an unnamed African country. Debut novel The Sweetness of Water by Nathan Harris has been a smash in the US: a revisionist take on civil war history, with a sweeping treatment of forbidden gay love and the aftermath of slavery.

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Airbnb cancelled our booking out of the blue, wrecking our holiday
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:25 GMT
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Weave been left without any accommodation, and thereas nowhere else we can afford to book

In February we booked an Airbnb holiday home in St Ives, Cornwall, and we were really looking forward to going away next week.

This morning, out of the blue, I received an email notifying me that my booking had been cancelled and my deposit refunded. When I tried to log in to my Airbnb account it wouldnat allow me to do so. Instead, it said that it was aunder reviewa.

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aAn abominationa: the story of the massacre that killed 216 wolves
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:27 GMT
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In Wisconsin, hunters are allowed to use hound dogs to kill wolves. In the midst of a politically volatile context, activists are now filming the hunts to raise the alarm

The woods were full of the sounds of snowmobiles and baying hounds. A group of perhaps a dozen hunters had gathered to give chase to big game along a frozen creek in north-eastern Wisconsin.

Hound hunting, chiefly for black bear and coyote, is a popular pastime in this part of the state. But the houndsman who emerged from the hemlocks onto a snowy road around twilight held a different kind of trophy.

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aSelf-esteem was low. Look at them nowa : the scheme getting Kenyaas girls back to school
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:44:03 GMT
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Over a thousand girls in rural Isiolo county, many of them young mothers, are catching up in the classroom. But entrenched cultural barriers remain a challenge for educators

For much of her girlhood, Lucy Koriang* would spend her days taking the familyas goat herd out, walking for several kilometres a day, looking for the best grazing spots.

Being a goat herder was not a job she enjoyed or chose, especially in the unbearably high temperatures of Isiolo county, northern Kenya, where she lives. Her father, like most parents in Ngaremara village, saw little point in taking his children to school. Moving from the shelter of one thorny acacia tree to another, the 13-year-old would get lost in her thoughts, dreaming of a different life.

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Pandemic gives respite to Greek island sea turtles a but returning tourists could wreck it
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:24 GMT
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With a new study suggesting endangered loggerhead turtles reclaimed empty shores to breed during Covid, conservationists fear the return of mass tourism

Nikoletta Sidiropoulou and her colleagues in the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece (Archelon) are huddled together on Marathonisi beach, carefully digging in the sand. Eventually they find what theyare looking for: a turtle nest, containing upwards of 100 eggs. aItas really exciting,a says Sidiropoulou.

Endangered loggerhead sea turtles, or Caretta Caretta, make their main nesting spot on the Mediterranean island of Zakynthos a one of the most visited islands in Greece, with roughly 1 million yearly visitors, including many British tourists. Mass tourism has long threatened the loggerheads: tourists frequently break rules designed to keep them away from nests. But new research suggests the Covid-19 pandemic has allowed these turtles to come up for air.

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Sporting super spikes: how do they work? a podcast
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:00:22 GMT
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In the lead-up to the athletics competitions at the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Shivani Dave takes look at how advances in running shoe technology are resulting in records being smashed. Talking to Geoff Burns, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan who specialises in biomechanics, Shivani asks how so-called asuper spikesa work and if the mechanical advantage they provide is fair

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Weatherwatch: research finds optimal size for windfarms
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:25 GMT
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Study also finds turbines arranged in rows facing wind produce 50% more power than those arranged in wind-facing columns

Itas always good to see wind turbines going at full tilt on a breezy day. But are more wind turbines always a good thing?

Windfarms come in all shapes and sizes, from one lonely turbine producing energy for a farm, to Gansu windfarm in China, whose 7,000 wind turbines make it the largest windfarm in the world. However, extracting energy from the wind is not straightforward, and new research reveals that there is an optimal size for windfarms.

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Franceas last inhabited lighthouse gets Unesco status a in pictures
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:30:27 GMT
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The Cordouan beacon is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second, after the Tower of Hercules at La CoruA+-a in Spain, to be added to Unescoas World Heritage list. Cordouan was built at the end of the 16th century and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Gironde estuary in south-western France


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Cameroon with a view: portraits from the post-colonial era a in pictures
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:25 GMT
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A new exhibition showcases three innovative Cameroonian photographers whose images embody the agolden agea of studio portraiture in west Africa


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House begins Capitol attack inquiry as Republicans set to boycott proceedings
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:00:26 GMT
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Committee established by Pelosi features two Republicans, Cheney and Kinzinger, after McCarthy withdrew his nominees

The much-anticipated House investigation into the January attack on the US Capitol begins on Tuesday, with Republicans set to boycott proceedings in an attempt to undermine any findings.

A special committee established by the Democratic House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, will convene to investigate the circumstances surrounding the deadly insurrection in Washington DC, when hundreds of Donald Trumpas supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to interrupt the certification of Joe Biden as president.

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Tokyo Olympics live updates: Team GB one-two in pool, Osaka exits and more!
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:23:44 GMT
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Related: Magic Monday: how the papers celebrated Team GBas Olympic glory

Womenas taekwondo: I canat imagine how she must be feeling but I still canat get over that last-second Bianca Walkden semi-final defeat. She needs to regroup and get her head back in the game for her bronze-medal match at 1pm. Good luck to her.

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Democrats call for possible action against NSO over Pegasus revelations
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:55:18 GMT
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Four Democrats in Congress tell Biden administration that such firms ashould be sanctioned, and if necessary, shut downa

Democratic lawmakers in Washington have called on the Biden administration to consider placing NSO Group on an export blacklist and said recent revelations of misuse reinforced their conviction that the ahacking-for-hire industry must be brought under controla.

The statement by four members of Congress followed reports by the Pegasus project, a collaboration of 17 media organisations including the Guardian, which investigated NSO, the Israeli company that sells its powerful surveillance software to government clients around the world.

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Lawyer Steven Donziger found guilty of withholding evidence in Chevron case
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 01:55:35 GMT
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Lawyer now faces six months in jail following a decades-long battle against the oil company

Steven Donziger, the lawyer who has spearheaded a lengthy fight against Chevron over pollution in the Amazon rainforest, has been found guilty of criminal contempt by a US federal judge in the latest twist in his decades-long legal battle with the oil company.

On Monday, US district judge Loretta Preska ruled that Donziger was guilty of six contempt charges brought against him for refusing to hand over evidence in a complex legal wrangle that has pitted the lawyer directly against Chevron.

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Jeff Bezos offers Nasa $2bn in exchange for moon mission contract
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 00:41:29 GMT
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  • Billionaire lost out to Elon Muskas SpaceX in lunar bid
  • Contract is to build craft to take astronauts to the moon

Fresh off his trip to space, Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2bn in Nasa costs if the US space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon.

Nasa in April awarded SpaceX, owned by rival billionaire Elon Musk, a $2.9bn contract to build a spacecraft to bring astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024, rejecting bids from Blue Origin and defense contractor Dynetics. Blue Origin had partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper in the bid.

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South and North Korea restore hotline after a year on hold
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:56:37 GMT
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Communication channels have been restored after being severed when cross-border ties soured and Trump summits failed

South and North Korea have restored their once-severed hotlines as part of efforts by the two countriesa leaders to rebuild strained ties, Seoulas presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un have exchanged multiple letters since April and agreed to reconnect the hotlines, said Moonas press secretary, Park Soo-hyun.

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Peruas new president to take charge of divided country ravaged by Covid
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:25 GMT
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Pedro Castillo saw off an ugly, Trump-style revolt against his victory and must now try to unite the country

After nearly two months of waiting, amid baseless claims of fraud and even rumblings of a military coup, Pedro Castillo will on Wednesday become Peruas president. The son of illiterate peasant farmers, Castilloas rise to the top on Peruas 200th anniversary of independence is hugely symbolic, but he will face huge challenges to unite the country.

Castilloas razor-thin win has split the country between those who back his pledge to overhaul politics and the economic system to tackle poverty and inequality, and others who fear his presidency will upturn Peruas market-friendly economy and even threaten its democracy.

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Alaskan gold: Lydia Jacoby topples King for Olympic 100m breaststroke title
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:50:18 GMT
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  • 17-year-old Jacoby, shocks compatriot and favourite Lilly King
  • Murphy earns bronze in 100m back behind Rylov, Kolesnikov

Alaskaas first Olympic swimmer is also its first Olympic champion.

If the hints had been there, given Lydia Jacobyas blossoming reputation and strong performances in the US trials and Olympic heats, few saw this coming. Judging from her gasp when she looked up at the giant video screen and realised she had won the 100m breaststroke in Tokyo, the teenager was pretty surprised as well.

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Naomi Osaka stunned as face of Tokyo Games knocked out of Olympic tennis
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:20:30 GMT
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  • Japanese beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Marketa Vondrousova
  • World No 2 was highest ranked player left in womenas draw

Naomi Osaka will not win an Olympic medal on home soil in Japan after she was upset in the third round of the Tokyo Games by MarkA(c)ta VondrouA!ovA! of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.

Osaka, who opened her home Games by lighting the Olympic flame, was the highest ranked player left in the draw and the clear tournament favourite after top seed Ashleigh Bartyas early loss. She has won the last two hard court grand slams, the US Open and the Australian Open, and she has established a clear measure of dominance on the surface.

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aWeare so proud of hera: Afghanistanas gutsy female cyclists ready to cheer on Ali Zada
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:30:24 GMT
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Watching an Afghan refugee in the Olympics is a source of inspiration to many women in a country where riding a bike is seen as a political statement and the Taliban are gaining ground

When Masomah Ali Zada makes her Olympic debut at the womenas cycling time trial this week, speeding her way around the 22km route with Mount Fuji in the background, it wonat just be her teammates in Japan cheering her on. In Kabul, where the 25-year-old joined the national squad as a teenager, a small but gutsy group of female cyclists will be glued to the television, willing her to do the best she can.

aIam really, really proud of her and so are all of the team members, and we are really looking forward to watching her race and seeing her do great,a says Zahla Sarmat, assistant development director of the Afghan cycling federationas womenas division. For her and her fellow riders, Ali Zada is a source of huge inspiration, even if her sporting success eventually led her to leave Afghanistan and claim asylum in France. She is competing in Tokyo as part of the Refugee Olympic Team.

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Mike Tyson moment: Moroccan boxer tries to bite opponentas ear at Olympics
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:19:59 GMT
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  • Youness Baalla incident recalls infamous Tyson-Holyfield fight
  • aCamon man, this is the Olympicsa says opponent David Nyika

New Zealand boxer David Nyika did not face much trouble on his way to a 5-0 victory against Youness Baalla in his Olympics heavyweight debut on Tuesday a other than having to contend with an attempted bite from his Moroccan opponent.

Nyika, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, had won the first two rounds with ease and constantly troubled Baalla with his pinpoint jabs during the contest at the Kokugikan Arena a considered the spiritual home of Japanas sumo wrestling.

Related: Tokyo Olympics live updates: Team GB one-two in pool as Australia and US win more gold, Osaka exits and more!

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Coronavirus live news: Englandas NHS aunder similar pressure to Januarya; US maintaining travel restrictions
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:26:23 GMT
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NHS Providers writes to Boris Johnson calling on government to make aright decisionsa; US wonat lift travel restrictions due to Delta variant fears

Flooding in Myanmar has displaced hundreds of people, slowing efforts to battle a fast-growing coronavirus outbreak amid the chaos that followed the countryas military coup, residents told Reuters on Tuesday.

Heavy weekend downpours across southern states caused flooding in several towns, forcing healthcare workers to move patients with Covid-19 to dry areas across drenched streets and alleys.

The Philippines recorded 7,186 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the highest single-day increase in more than six weeks, and another 72 deaths, the countryas health ministry reported.

The president Rodrigo Duterte warned on Monday of stricter virus curbs if the current outbreak worsens. According to one research group, daily cases could hit 8-10,000 infections a day without stronger countermeasures to contain the more contagious Delta variant.

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aAn abominationa: the story of the massacre that killed 216 wolves
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:00:27 GMT
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In Wisconsin, hunters are allowed to use hound dogs to kill wolves. In the midst of a politically volatile context, activists are now filming the hunts to raise the alarm

The woods were full of the sounds of snowmobiles and baying hounds. A group of perhaps a dozen hunters had gathered to give chase to big game along a frozen creek in north-eastern Wisconsin.

Hound hunting, chiefly for black bear and coyote, is a popular pastime in this part of the state. But the houndsman who emerged from the hemlocks onto a snowy road around twilight held a different kind of trophy.

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aIt was just such a mazea: the twisty story behind Enemies of the State
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:47:26 GMT
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In an Errol Morris-produced documentary, the strange story of a ahacktivista whose life gets turned upside down is brought to life with more questions than answers remaining

aThe truth is rarely pure and never simple.a Oscar Wildeas arch observation raises the curtain on Sonia Kennebeckas new documentary film Enemies of the State, exec-produced by Errol Morris. Winston Churchillas summary of Russia a aa riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigmaa a would be no less apt.

Viewers are invited to join Kennebeckas investigation into the bizarre case of Matt DeHart, a former member of the US air national guard who worked on the drone programme. He played online games, joined the ahactivista group Anonymous and was an alleged courier for the whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

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Savour the flavour! Chefs on 20 terrific ways to tickle tired tastebuds
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:25 GMT
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Lost your culinary spark after months of lockdown? From carrot-mel to celeriac sorbet, here are simple, surprising secrets to transform your home cooking

Some of us have thrived in the kitchen in the past 18 months, finding it a creative sanctuary. For others, trapped indoors, life on hold, busier than ever but with more meals to cook, it has been easier to fall into a repetitive routine of reliable dishes that, by now, are deeply boring.

The answer to this malaise? Fresh thinking from some of Britainas best chefs. We asked for their most arresting ideas: revelatory hacks, unexpected flavour combos and daring dishes that will stir the curiosity of even the most jaded home cook.

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aA lesson in loss, humility and absurditya: how rhythmic gymnastics took over my childhood
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:24 GMT
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When I was six, a chance encounter with rhythmic gymnastics a all ribbons, sequins and smiles a opened up a sublime, sometimes cruel new world. By 12, I had quit. What had it all meant?

Every four years, the same argument plays out. The Olympics reminds the public of the existence of rhythmic gymnastics and the public scoffs at this ridiculous spectacle, with its aribbon dancinga, its sequins, its extravagant bending and pirouetting. Where artistic gymnastics a the one with the beam and the bars, the one with triple backflips and the constant risk of broken bones a is dignified and athletic, rhythmic gymnastics is frilly and absurd. How is this even a sport? Why is it part of the Olympics? These are the usual criticisms. In return, embattled admirers will point out that rhythmic gymnastics is extremely difficult, actually. There is immense skill involved in those backbends and leaps; besides, have you tried throwing and catching a ball while holding your foot above your head?

When I first caught sight of rhythmic gymnastics, I knew nothing of this. The reasons the sport is mocked a the sequins, the balletic dancing, the kilowatt-bright, beauty-pageant smiles of the gymnasts a were the reasons I found it delightful. I was six, sitting in my kitchen in Auckland, staring at the television. On screen, a gymnast at the 2000 Sydney Olympics tossed a bright red ribbon high into the air before catching it with astonishing ease. She was, to me, the height of womanly sophistication: beautiful, graceful, and covered in glitter. I dragged my mother into the room, pointed to the television and announced that this was the sort of lady I would like to become.

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aAn eye mask transformed my life!a: 10 readers on how to get a perfect nightas sleep
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:25 GMT
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From weighted blankets to white noise, here are the strategies that can take you from wide awake to well rested

I stop drinking caffeine at 2pm every day. If I feel work is worrying me I do some deep breathing and I pray. I rub lavender oil on my wrists and temples before I go to bed, and I use a sunrise alarm clock to help me get up at the same time each day. This has helped me immensely, as I have a more gentle wake-up that means I am not tempted to hit snooze. I also keep a puzzle book by my bed so that if I canat sleep I donat toss and turn, I get up and puzzle until I feel drowsy before getting back into bed. Beth Lunn, fundraiser, Port Glasgow

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The pandemic enters a new phase
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 02:00:20 GMT
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Freedom day, vaccine passports, a row over the apingdemica, and then a welcome drop in cases: itas been a rollercoaster week in the coronavirus crisis. Science editor Ian Sample speaks to new Today in Focus host Nosheen Iqbal about whether have we turned a corner

A week after afreedom daya, a new pattern has given the UK good news on the coronavirus crisis: new cases fell for six consecutive days, the first time thatas happened without a lockdown in place. But at the same time, hospitalisations and deaths a the result of a previous increase in cases a were still up week on week. And the apingdemica, in which 600,000 people were asked by the NHS Covid-19 app to self-isolate in a week, has caused consternation in businesses and hasty exemptions for key workers in an attempt to keep crucial industries afloat.

The Guardianas science editor, Ian Sample, tells new host Nosheen Iqbal what the trend in case numbers could mean. And he looks at a series of questions raised in this new phase of the pandemic, from the likelihood of hospitalisation among people who have had two vaccinations to the prospect of new variants and the risk of long Covid, asking whether the evidence is yet in place to suggest we have turned a corner.

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Laura Nyro: the phenomenal singersa singer the 60s overlooked
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:00:24 GMT
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Elton John idolised her and she wrote hits for the likes of Barbra Streisand, but her musical ambitions were out of sync with the times. Now a new collection reveals her intense originality in full

Whatever role Laura Nyro chose to play a earth mother, soul sister, angel of the Bronx subways a she committed to it. With a soaring, open-hearted voice and ingeniously crafted compositions, Nyro transformed a range of influences into her own kind of art song. She made vertiginous shifts from hushed reveries to ecstatic gospel-driven shout-ups with an intensity and a courage that, as Elton John would point out, left its mark on many contemporaries who achieved greater commercial success.

As the music of the 1960s reached a climax, no one else merged the new songwriting freedoms pioneered by Bob Dylan with the pop sensibility of the Brill Building tunesmiths to such intriguing effect. As a teenager, she wrote And When I Die and Stoney End, songs that became hits for other artists. Her own enigmatically titled albums a Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, New York Tendaberry, Christmas and the Beads of Sweat a showed a precociously sophisticated sensibility.

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At least eight killed in 20-car pileup in Utah sandstorm
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 05:11:06 GMT
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Several more were in hospital with critical injuries after high winds blew up dust and impaired visibility

At least eight people have been killed in a 20-vehicle pileup during a sandstorm in Utah, the highway patrol said.

The crashes happened on Interstate 15 near the town of Kanosh on Sunday, the agency said in a news release. Several people were reportedly taken to hospitals in critical condition. Ground and air ambulances were used to transport crash victims.

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Sandstorm swallows western Chinese city in dramatic footage a video
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 04:09:02 GMT
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A sandstorm has swept across Dunhuang City in China's Gansu Province, reducing visibility to just five metres, according to the regional meteorological department. Videos show the wall-like sandstorm covering urban areas and highways. It is believed to have reached over one hundred meters high. 

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Tunisiaas president imposes month-long curfew and bans gatherings
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 03:54:03 GMT
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Kais Saied tightens his hold on power with tough new restrictions after dismissing prime minister

Tunisian president Kais Saied has announced a month-long curfew as he appeared to tighten his grip on power in the north African country one day after he dismissed the prime minister.

Tunisians will wake on Tuesday to draconian restrictions including a nationwide curfew from 7pm to 6am, and a ban on gatherings of more than three people in public places.

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China regulatory crackdown fuels European share sell-off, Reckitt falls 9% a live
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 08:24:45 GMT
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FTSE 100 index falls below 7,000 level, as Reckitt Benckiser is squeezed by rising commodity costs and says it will put up its prices

Games Workshop, which makes its fantasy figures in Nottingham, its main base, has also fared well. Sales grew 31% in the year to 30 May, to APS353m, with profit before tax soaring from APS89m to APS151m, despite all the pandemic disruption which forced shops to close for months.

Kevin Rountree, the chief executive, says:

After a tough year we are delighted that the Warhammer hobby and Games Workshop are in great shape.

Our ambitions remain clear: to make the best fantasy miniatures in the world, to engage and inspire our customers, and to sell our products globally at a profit. We intend to do this forever. Our decisions are focused on long-term success, not short-term gains.

Here is our full story on Moonpig, the online greeting cards and gifts retailer, which has done very well during the pandemic.

Related: Moonpig profits double as Covid pushes spending online

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Cameroon with a view: portraits from the post-colonial era a in pictures
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 06:00:25 GMT
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A new exhibition showcases three innovative Cameroonian photographers whose images embody the agolden agea of studio portraiture in west Africa


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Franceas last inhabited lighthouse gets Unesco status a in pictures
Date: Tue, 27 Jul 2021 07:30:27 GMT
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The Cordouan beacon is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second, after the Tower of Hercules at La CoruA+-a in Spain, to be added to Unescoas World Heritage list. Cordouan was built at the end of the 16th century and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Gironde estuary in south-western France


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